KYIV (QHA) -

The international community must continue to put pressure on Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made a corresponding statement on his Twitter page.

He recalled that the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov went on a hunger strike against Russia's actions.

“Oleg Sentsov announced an indefinite hunger strike against the actions of the Kremlin, which imprisons Ukrainians on far-fetched charges. I call on the international community to continue pressure on the Kremlin so that Ukrainian political prisoners could return home as soon as possible, to their families," he wrote.

QHA reported that the number of Ukrainian political prisoners in the Crimea and Russia is constantly growing, and as of March this year there were at least 68 people, whereas in December last year there were 64 of them. 58 political prisoners are in prison on criminal charges. Of these, 38 are in the Crimea (almost all are in Simferopol jail) and 20 are in Russia.

QHA